Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Martins Jackson, two white men, appeared in a South African court Wednesday (Nov. 16) where they faced charges of kidnapping and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm after footage showcased them forcing a black man into a coffin.
According to The Washington Post, the victim, Victor Mlotshwa, was walking one day when Oosthuzien and Jackson accused him of trespassing on a ranch. Before Mlotshaw could run away, the men forced him into a nearby coffin. As one man recorded the heartless and degrading incident, another threatened to pour gasoline on Mlotshwa and set him on fire.
In a short clip shared on Twitter by one of South Africa’s main political parties, one of the men can be seen forcing Mlotshaw’s head in the coffin as Mlotshaw begs for mercy. It’s unclear what happened afterwards, or how Mlotshaw was able to escape. However, with the video resurfacing nearly three months after the incident, (and being removed from YouTube) Mlotshaw now has a chance to pursue law with actual proof.
“He didn’t have evidence to prove what had happened, it’s only two weeks back that he decided to open the case. He didn’t think anyone would believe him,” Mlotshwa’s brother, Thobile, told local media.
Although a judge postponed Oosthuizen and Jackson’s trial until January, the two will remain in jail until then.
“This humiliation can be based on nothing else but his blackness, which means it is in actual fact a humiliation of black people as a whole,” the political party known as the Economic Freedom Fighters said in a statement.
Watch a snippet of the inhumane video below.
— EFF Official Account (@EFFSouthAfrica) November 14, 2016